Food poisoning due to cake intake: A case study

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Wiwanitkit V. Food poisoning due to cake intake: A case study. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:307


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Wiwanitkit V. Food poisoning due to cake intake: A case study. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Oct 31];8:307. Available from:

Dear Sir,

The problem of food poisoning is an important gastrointestinal disorder in the tropical world. Many food poisoning outbreaks occur each year. The food poisoning due to eating contaminated cake is an interesting situation that has been sporadically reported. [1],[2],[3],[4] In fact, cake is a dessert that has a wide intake around the world. It is classified as a bakery product that has to pass the baking process in cooking. Nevertheless, contamination can be seen at times. Here, the author reports a case study of food poisoning due to cake intake. The indexed situation occurred in the evening after a long day of thesis examination at a university. A medical professor started to develop acute abdominal pain that further progressed to severe diarrhea and vomiting. The patient had an intake of a green tea cake filled with coconut cream 4 h before the illness. This case was diagnosed as food poisoning due to Staphylococcus toxin. At the same time, a student developed a similar problem but there were mild symptoms; the case was also a possible case of Staphylococcus toxin food poisoning. The period between the cake intake and the onset of illness in this situation was 4 h, which was concordant with the nature of Staphylococcus toxin food poisoning. Periera et al. noted that the problem of Staphylococcus toxin food poisoning in cake is usually related to poor refrigeration preservation before eating. [4] Periera et al. noted that “the cake was accidentally contaminated by the food handler and inadequately cooled before it was eaten.” [3] Anunciaηao et al. noted that the contamination before baking could be gotten rid of by baking, and good refrigeration could effectively control the growth of Staphylococci. [5] Hence, the main cause of Staphylococci overgrowth is due to a poor refrigeration system.

The problem is common in a party. In the present case, the cakes were served to several members, students, and staff attending the thesis examination.



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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.16261

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